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Sterne Digital Library is a project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It explores eighteenth-century afterlives and early adaptations of Laurence Sterne’s fiction through digitising rare items collected by J.C.T. Oates, now held by Cambridge University Library.

A major output of the project is the open-access Laurence Sterne and Sterneana database, hosted by Cambridge Digital Library, which is the first digital edition of Sterne’s works and Sterneana. It is a searchable research tool for helping understand the relationships between classic literary works and fan fiction and the role of creative adaptation across different media.

We postponed our 2020 conference due to the global pandemic (you can read the cfp here). We hope to reschedule for Summer 2021. We are also ploughing ahead with a series of publications showcasing new research on digitally editing visually experimental texts, exploring how big data can help us understand literary experimentation and book design. Check back for updates!

Meet the Team

L-R: Helen Williams; Katherine Aske; Huw Jones; Mary Newbould; Montana Davies-Shuck

We will share research news and extra data from the project here, on this WordPress site, so follow us to keep informed.